Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy are the dynamic duo behind the up-and-coming hip hop group, Rae Sremmurd. Hailing from Elvis Presley’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, the brothers spent time living on the street before their raw beats and energetic personas were recognised by music producer Mike WiLL Made-It. With Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy being only 19 and 22 years old, they’ve quickly grown to become Mike WiLL’s new prodigies, with the music producer signing them to his own label, EarDrummers Entertainment. The pair produced two hit singles, which have rounded up almost 70 million plays on YouTube alone. Their career took a huge turn when Nicki Minaj and Pusha T jumped on board to make a remix of their single “No Flex Zone”. The brothers are now in the midst of releasing their debut release, Sremm Life, which has been speculated to drop before the end of the year.
How did you get the names Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee?
I got my name because I have “swae”, which is undeniable style. And they say I have tight ass eyes. Jimmy derived his name from him driving the old school Jimmy truck back in Mississippi.
How did you hook up with Mike WiLL?
Me and my brothers were down in Carolina, we met up with a guy named P Nasty who is also from Tupelo, and we did some music with him. And then we played it for Mike WiLL and he liked it.
What’s it like working in the studio with Mike?
It’s nothing but good vibes working with Mike WiLL and the entire Ear Drummer production team. Every time we get in the lab, hits come out and it just happens naturally.
What’s the most important thing that Mike has taught you so far?
Be consistent and never stop working.
How did you react when Nicki Minaj and Pusha T got onboard the remix?
It was a big moment in my life, it was a really big moment. I didn’t really know what to do, I was just excited and happy.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I like different genres. I like old school, I like new school. I like rock, I like pop.
What draws you to making hip hop?
Hip-hop comes naturally to us, but I wouldn’t say that our music should be labelled with any one particular genre. We grew up listening to old school music and partied with a diverse crowd of people in Mississippi. We listened to every genre of music. If it’s a hit, it’s a hit; you can’t put a title or genre on it.
Who is your favourite bad bitch?
That’s a secret. I gotta keep that a secret. I don’t even want her to know.
Is there a type you don’t like?
I like good girls. I like bad girls. I don’t like the girls that just think too much of themselves and they think they’re better than everybody else, when everybody is really the same.
What is “Sremm Life”?
Be loud. Be crazy. Have a good time. Don’t stress and just lay back. Chill, light up some kush. Also, be real. Be real to people and be real to yourself.
What kind of sound can we expect from the new EP?
Every sound. Every kind of sound. We love to experiment, we love to try new things. You never know what we’re gonna do.
Have you travelled much with your music?
No, we’ve never been overseas.
Where do you want to go?
I really wanna go to Jamaica. I really wanna see the islands, I wanna see the life there and the blue water.
How do you gear yourself up to do such an energetic live show?
I don’t even know, its just so natural. We just go up there and have a good time, we don’t stress too much about being on stage. We just try to have a good time with the crowd.
You don’t have many tracks out yet, what other material do you perform?
Lately we have been performing the Sremm Life EP, and they’ve been loving the music.
Where has been your favourite city to perform?
I love Miami and I love New York and I love California, I love Texas. I can’t even tell you which one I love the most. I love Mississippi too, its like crazy energy. The vibe is on fire. I love the south. Shit, I like to party. Bitches like to party there.
Any advice to any young hip-hop artists?
Don’t quit and keep your head up, because everyones going to tell you that you can’t do it, but thats why you should keep doing it. Because you want to do the impossible then you can’t give up.